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Year 5 trip to Bletchley Park

Linked to their work on cryptography in Computer Science, Year 5 spent a day at Bletchley Park discovering more about the code-breaking work that went on there during World War II and how this led to the first computers being developed.

The tour around the huts gave the students an idea of the process of cryptanalysis and our tour guide provided interesting details about the life of the hundreds of people, mostly women, who worked there and how they were recruited. The shifts were long and the huts very cold and many of the young women were billeted with strangers in nearby houses.

The day ended with a workshop on cyber-security where the students cracked codes, sniffed out fake news and used personal data to break into locked briefcases! Everyone got the chance to use an original Enigma machine to encode their initials which was a real privilege.

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